Do You Know When to Remain Silent?

11 Lessons from Mark 9

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Whenever a person is arrested in America, they are informed by the police that they have the right to remain silent. Whether the person avails themself of that right is a matter of wisdom.

In the world of Christianity, we hear sermons and read books about the importance of speaking. That speaking may be described as preaching, teaching, sharing, or witnessing. We are urged to speak up, to confess our faith, to provide a verbal witness.

In the 9th chapter of Mark’s gospel, we read of times when silence is commanded or preferred. Below are eleven lessons from Mark 9. These lessons teach us that we should avoid often the urge to run our mouths. These are times we should remain silent.

Medical Heart Update & Six Life Lessons

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Recent Medical Heart Activity

In recent months I had a few nights of chest tightness in my medical heart resolved by nitroglycerin pills and even spent Christmas Day in JFK hospital near our home. I visited my cardiologist and she scheduled a stress test for me that took place this past Thursday (April 6, 2017). The normal EKG reports did not show enough. The way to discover the issues was to put the heart in stress and take MRI pictures before and after the stress.

Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.

Martin Luther

Weaned from the Bottle and Pacifier

A Guest Post by Karen Smith on Psalm 131

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This is a guest post by Karen Smith. Karen and her husband Jim are members of First Baptist Boynton Beach. She is a great encourager in the weekly Bible Study that I teach. She also has a dog named Fancy Pants. I’m thrilled to be able to share this meditation on the Scriptures.

 


LORD, my heart is not lifted up;
  my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
  too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
  like a weaned child with its mother;
  like a weaned child is my soul within me.

–Psalm 131:1-2

10 John Calvin Quotes on Psalm 44

Look to God Alone When Misery Comes

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John Calvin, the Genevan Reformer is a great source when we consider the questions posed in Psalm 44. How do we wed the awful miseries of our lives with the greatness of our God?

John Calvin applies his rich theology to this text. Here are ten statements from his commentary for our instruction and comfort.

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Prodigal pilgrims know well what it is to fall. But thanks be to God, we know what it means to rise again.